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A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

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Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
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Himself (as Jean-Paul Leaud)
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Ingy Fillion ...
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Paris, spring 1968. While most students take the lead in the May 'revolution', a French poet's twin son Theo and daughter Isabelle enjoy the good life in his grand Paris home. As film buffs they meet and 'adopt' modest, conservatively educated Californian student Matthew. With their parents away for a month, they drag him into an orgy of indulgence of all senses, losing all of his and the last of their innocence. A sexual threesome shakes their rapport, yet only the outside reality will break it up. Written by KGF Vissers

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french | may 1968 | twin | love | riot | See more »

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Innocents  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

$83,175 (Brazil) (10 December 2004)
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Leonardo DiCaprio was offered the role of Matthew, but turned it down because he was in pre-production with The Aviator (2004). See more »

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At the end of the movie, Theo and Isabelle's parents come back to the house and start to whisper to each other in perfect English instead of French. However, as the mother is English (which Isabelle told Matthew when they first met), it should not be surprising that they would converse in English. See more »

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Matthew: The first time I saw a movie at the cinématèque française I thought, "Only the French... only the French would house a cinema inside a palace."
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Combination of the Two
(1968)
Written by Sam Andrew
Published by Cheap Thrills
Performed by Big Brother and the Holding Company
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Rêve Nostalgique
21 December 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

The Innocents is Bertolucci's nostalgic reverie of the Past, Present, and Future.

Bertolucci dreamily reminisces of youths who long to experience new sensations of freedom unknown to them.

Underlying his dream, The Innocents depicts youths imitating art imitating youths, a powerful, universal cycle which revolves without end, propelling the revolutions that fuel humanity forward.

Although Bertolucci stages the film in 1968 Paris, he allows the essence of the film to meander wistfully from the revolutionary past as we gleefully remember it, to the present life as we dolefully (and regrettably) live it, and forward to the unknown future that brims with exciting possibilities of new revolutions.

His gives us three innocent youths desiring to plow forward into a hypnotic New World that titillates their senses and intellect.

However, the inexperienced innocents become overwhelmed by the raging life encompassing them; they lock themselves away, creating a dream world which enables them to safely explore New World ideals without affecting their innocence.

Their self-exilement turns revolutionary as they act upon exactly what they feel; abandoning Old World traditions, they allow their innocence to transform itself into experience, and they leave their dream-world behind.

Bertolucci reflects upon these sensory moments by injecting into the film snatches of real breakthrough European films, music, and sexual explicitness that inspired European youths to break away from Old World traditions. These films and songs captured moments of pure sensory freedom unimcumbered by afterward consequences.

As youths do in reality, the three innocents on screen embrace these "controversial" films and songs, and delight in their awakening sexuality. They desire to "experience" the exuberance exhibited in the films and music, without a care for the real impact of their actions.

These films and songs capture sensory moments without definitive endings, and the three innocents capture sensory-sexual moments without being tangled up in the consequences.

The Innocents becomes a piece of revolutionary nostalgia for all viewers: viewers who delightfully consume the novelty of the cinematic experience and viewers who condemn the film; the ultimate consequence occurs: the film is pushed into the cycle of youths imitating art imitating youths...


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